These are the perfect sugar cookies - they're soft, chewy, and holiday ready! Oh, and they don't require hours to chill - they're fast and easy to make. They're dusted with Christmas sanding sugar, although you could skip that, roll them out, cut out holiday shapes, and decorate them with icing, instead.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. You could line your cookie trays with parchment, but join the cookie revolution! Instead, use these amazing silicone baking sheets.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Set it aside for now.
Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.
Add in the eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly mixed.
Mix in the vanilla.
Slowly, add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix well so that it's very thoroughly combined.
Use my favorite cookie scoop to make evenly-sized balls of dough. With that scoop, you'll barely need to roll them.
Put that ball on the cookie sheet, and repeat until all the dough is molded into balls.
Pour the sanding sugar into a large bowl.
Roll each dough ball through the sanding sugar and place it back onto the cookie sheet. Cookies should be spaced 2-3 inches away from each other.
Once all of the dough balls have been coated in the sanding sugar, use your palm to lightly push the balls down. They should now be a thick disk shape.
Bake in the preheated oven for 11-13 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Allow cookies to cool, then enjoy with a tall glass of milk or eggnog!
The sugar cookies should be slightly underbaked when removed from the oven. This is on purpose - they'll continue to firm up as they cool. So pull them out just as they begin to brown, or they'll overbake and get hard.